CONGO – Indigenous ‘pygmies’ excluded from maternal health

BRAZZAVILLE, March 2013 (IRIN) - Indigenous Women in the Republic of Congo, better known as 'pygmies' - a minority group threatened with extinction - are virtually excluded from reproductive health services. They mostly give birth at home and are exposed to related health risks, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Ministry of Health with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The study, Determinants of the Use of Reproductive Health Services by Indigenous Peoples, was … [Read more...]

CSW – Violence Against Women, Sexual, Reproductive Health

CSW 2012 The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 27 February to 9 March 2012. The closing meeting was held on 15 March 2012. The 2012 session focused on the following key areas: Priority Theme: The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges Review Theme: Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women Emerging … [Read more...]

IWHC, Stories of Youth Advocacy‏

  To round out the United Nations International Year of Youth we are highlighting the stories of youth health and rights advocates from around the world on our blog Akimbo for the next few weeks. In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the year commencing 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth. The resolution calls upon governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local … [Read more...]

WOMEN – Progress for Women IS progress for All: Volunteerism, Take Action!

    Women Progress for Women Is Progress for All   They are our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. They are our colleagues and compatriots. They account for more than half the human race. They are us. Yet women continue to face a daily struggle against violence, illiteracy and inequality for no reason other than the fact of their gender.   Tragically, one in three women can expect to be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, more often than not, by someone well known … [Read more...]

‘Population issues, gender issues must figure high in sustainable development talks’ – UN

  'Population issues, gender issues must figure high in sustainable development talks' – UN   A young mother and child December 2010 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is stepping up its efforts to ensure that gender, reproductive health and other population dynamics figure high on the agendas of upcoming global environmental and sustainable development discussions. Agency officials met with representatives from 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on Wednesday to build … [Read more...]

'Population issues, gender issues must figure high in sustainable development talks' – UN

  'Population issues, gender issues must figure high in sustainable development talks' – UN   A young mother and child December 2010 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is stepping up its efforts to ensure that gender, reproductive health and other population dynamics figure high on the agendas of upcoming global environmental and sustainable development discussions. Agency officials met with representatives from 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on Wednesday to build … [Read more...]

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